California Gov. Gray Davis has signed a bill into law requiring municipal electric utilities to set renewable resource standards and report progress to customers. Investor-owned electric-utility companies must expand their use of renewable power sources at the rate of 1% a year. Under the law, utilities must have 20% of their power derived from renewable sources by 2017.

Alameda Power & Telecom, a municipally owned utility, is already far ahead of the new requirements for both public and investor-owned utilities. More than 80% of the utility's electric power comes from renewable sources, and it has a long-standing policy of using non-fossil-fuel sources for the electric power it sells to its customers.
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